* Posts by Shades

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Virgin Media spoof email mystery: Customers take to Facebook

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ISP Email

For the life of me I can't understand why anyone would use an email server that is tied to their ISP? Switch ISP and its bye-bye old email, unless you start faffing round exporting your old email and contacts (if the old ISP has such options) and importing them to your new email provider (if they also have options to do so). Then you've got to, if you really want, send emails to all your contacts to make sure they have your new email address, which unless they are business contacts, 99% of the recipients will never see anyway! Then you have to update all your website login details that use the old email address, before the old ISP kills off the old account as detail change confirmation emails sent to the old email address will end up vanishing somewhere in the internet and your website login details will be stuck forever (unless the site has a friendly admin... and some don't!)

No matter how you look at it using an ISP provided email server is pretty silly.

In an ideal world I'd have my own email server, but I'm far too lazy for that. So, understanding the risks, and my own laziness, its just simpler to use an email provider/service that isn't tied to an ISP.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: Is anyone really surprised ?

"I've never seen LCD screens above the urinals"

You never been in a Walkabout pub then?

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Google to deep six dodgy download buttons

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"install a whitelisting firewall (e.g. droidwall)"

Why bother installing an app, consuming resources, when, if you've gone to the trouble of rooting the device, you can just download one of the many anti-advertising/malware hosts files from the internet?

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UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

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Re: @Crisp May praised the work of the Police ICT Company

"is it wrong that the first word that popped into my head was "harridan"?"

No. Personally, when I see or hear TMs name, I picture Zelda from Terrahawks in my head!

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Uber driver 'pulls handgun' on passenger

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"$75000 taxi?

what sort of street cab costs that much?"

Some of the ordinary dial-a-cab firms round these parts (not an affluent part of the UK either) have Audi A6's, BMW 7 Series, Jaguars and Mercs, so an Uber taxi, which from my experience generally seem to be a little more upmarket than ordinary dial-a-cabs, costing $75k is not really surprising.

Working on the periphery of the F1 in Mexico last year I was amazed by some of the Uber taxis; Generally all were upmarket SUVs and every one was immaculate, some hybrids, electric everything and some even had TV's in the back of the front seat head-rests. Drivers always got out to put our bags in the boot, offered bottles of water and even sweets.

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Criminal records checks 'unlawful' and 'arbitrary' rules High Court

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"police 'intelligence'"

Oxymoron alert!!

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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"I worked at Escom (remember them UKers?)"

I remember them well.

Signed: An Amiga fan

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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Re: Hey, Trump ...Hey Jake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAKG-kbKeIo

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SpaceX: launch, check. Landing? Needs work

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Re: Soooo close

With reference to my previous ^^^ comment >>>

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Re: Soooo close

If you hadn't of said I'd have never known!

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In-flight 3G arrives, promises aerial internet at mobile roaming prices

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Re: Fools and their money?

"it's probably more like a few small cells connected to a router"

I believe this to be true, at least for Emirate and Lufthansa. Phones connect to the cell(s) like any other network, regardless of WiFi being switched on or off (so its not just voice over WiFi). You even get a welcome SMS like when you roam onto a terrestrial network.

"I hope they block handovers when the plane is taking off"

Again, with reference to the two aforementioned airlines, they don't switch on the cells or WiFi routers until cruising altitude has been reached (or at least when they switch the seatbelt sign off, whichever comes first). They also allow electronic devices to be switched on during take off and landing as long as they are in flight mode.

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Why would I pay £5 p/mb when I can pay the same £5 for an hours access and consume as much data as I like during that hour? Paying £5 for an hours access is massively over the odds but £5 p/mb to skip the few seconds of "inconvenience" of having to register* for a service... err, yeah, no thanks.

*Lufthansa only want your email address and a password if you pay via PayPal, their access points web app works with the PayPal app (if you have it on your phone) so you don't even have to bother digging out your credit/debit card.

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Adobe's Flash tools now embrace HTML 5. Sadly Flash is still alive

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Short Memories

"Do you trust the clowns who came up with flash to be let anywhere near HTML 5 ?"

Adobe can be blamed for many things, but they didn't come up with Flash.

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BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

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Re: Yes!

"The bootloader cannot be unlocked, according to BB's Head of Devices"

Well thats like waving a red flag at a bull for some people. Give it time...

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Sound waves could power the future's magnetic HDDs

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Re: It's not the size of your guitar but what you do with it

Ahh, I get it now. My bad. See icon lol

Incidentally thats the only Jimmy Hendrix song I like (I've always slanted more towards electronica of varying genres than "real" music)

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Re: It's not the size of your guitar but what you do with it

"You're just like crosstown traffic"

FTFY. The clue is in the song title, unless I've missed a joke?

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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"Identify the kid with the abillity and allow them to help you"

Sadly not everyone thinks like that,

One of my jobs, when I was younger, was working in a warehouse. Once they found out I was bit of a nerd and could touch type I promptly got stuck on the dispatch desk, typing out the delivery addresses into, what I presume was, a terminal for the delivery company which also printed out the dispatch labels on a proper old fashioned dot matrix hole fed printer.

The labels had a habit of coming unstuck from their backing and sticking to the roller inside the printer, which if caught early enough, could easily be peeled off, occasionally though they'd completely jam the printer, especially if printing off multiple labels for multiple boxes to be delivered to the same address.

One time it happened, instead of waiting three hours for a "tech" to come from our other unit 100 yards away - and watch the backlog of boxes pile up and up - I decided to grab a screw driver, unplug the printer, lift the lid, unscrew the two screws that held the roller in place, scrape the roller clean and put the printer back together. Total time: 5 minutes. Never before had I had such a bollocking! Apparently it was better to wait three hours for a lazy sodding "tech" to get his arse in gear and thus let deliveries that customers had paid for next day delivery be delivered the day after, than for me to fix, in 5 minutes, a "dangerous" piece of equipment.

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Re: Gift.

Why did you need to "hack" into the XP box? Most installations of XP I've encountered had the "hidden" safemode administrator account password set to "administrator" (if it even has one set at all that is, most often not). Login, remove the other users password, log out. Do it quick enough that the user has absolutely no idea exactly what you did and then enjoy the surprise/shock on their face that you got into their account so quickly... never before has anyone learnt how to erase their browser history as quickly as someone who's just realised their computer isn't as secure as they thought it was.

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Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

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Re: I'm no expert but..

No-one noticed the hidden link in my last post lol

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Re: I'm no expert but..

Its definitely not a helicopter.

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Volkswagen enlarges emissions scandal probe: 'Millions' more cars may have cheated

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Re: > or <

Glad I'm not the only one to have spotted that.

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Google's YouTube Red deal: Sign, or we'll make you disappear

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Re: I love the idea ..

"clickable overlays and in-video advertising"

Err, what are these things you speak of? The combination of NoScript and Ghostery (for FireFox) block all advertisements (even the wait-5-seconds-to-skip ones) yet leave absolutely everything else functional, even the YouTube Centre Developer Build GreaseMonkey script.

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After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel

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Re: there was another game

Space Harrier? Like After Burner it wasn't actually 3D though. IIRC it even used the same board as After Burner which pushed sprites, not polygons, about.

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Re: I have to disagree on the Amiga version being bad.

Yes, the music on Outrun! For me though Splash Wave was the first ever really stand-out bit of arcade music. I may be wrong but I think it was one of the first arcade machines to have a subwoofer (or at least speakers that were able of pushing out a half decent amount of bass/volume) and arcade operators took full advantage of it; if one arcade machines music could be heard cutting well above the cacophony of all the others it was always Outrun.

Splash Wave still occasionally randomly pops into my head even now, usually when I'm in a good mood though and just hearing it now still puts a massive grin on my face.

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"I guess people figured out that it was cheaper in the long run than feeding 50p into the machine every ten minutes"

This is what killed arcades in anything but depressing seaside towns, motorway service stations and cinemas/bowling alleys. Even though I had an Amiga at the time that itself didn't stop me from occasionally visiting the, usually, smokey "amusements" filled with old women frittering away their pensions on bingo and young "ladies", usually with screaming child in pushchair, from inserting their benefits into the fruit machines. For me it was Tekken 3 that killed my arcade visiting days when, after putting hundreds of pounds in the arcade machine, I found out the hardware running it was essentially a PS1, but with a ROM rather than CD-ROM, and I could have the exact same experience from the comfort of home. So I saved up a for a month, had to take a 60 mile round trip on the train to somewhere that had PS1s in stock (they were relatively new at the time) because I was, and still am, too impatient to wait for things to be delivered and I've never purposefully seeked out an arcade since.

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To Be This Good...

Actually, IIRC, Sega didn't actually say "ages", they said "Sega". (Although admittedly "ages" did appear on TV adverts before it was flipped round to say Sega.

I'll never forget Commodores cheeky swipe at Sega with an advert for the CD32 right outside the Sega UK HQ which said "To be this good will take Sega ages". Ahh, them were the days.

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'Traditional' forms of thuggery decline in UK, cybercrime on the rise

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2,057 described as "computer virus"

I'd take that with a massive pinch of salt too. The amount of people I've encountered who are absolutely convinced their computer "must have a virus" when their computer takes an eternity to boot and then promptly grinds to halt, taking forever to perform even the most basic function, is not even funny.

First thing I do is not run a virus scan, its clicking on the little system tray arrow icon and watch it expand (on older versions of Windows) to fill over half the task bar full of stupid "helpers", "quick starters", and entirely pointless "shortcuts" most of which the owner has no clue what they are/do and has never used. This is then shortly followed by a sigh as I realise I'll have to spend the next few hours trying to figure out what they actually use, what is absolutely necessary (usually NOTHING) and which can be disabled/eradicted.

Yes, there's usually some bloatware there, still chugging away from when the PC was new, but most is from applications the user has actively installed, used a couple of times, didn't like or couldn't get their heads around and never bothered to uninstall.. rinse and repeat until the computer is virtually unusable.

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Miss Brittany dethroned for posting 'nude' Facebook pics

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You mean the reports that women like men that are contently chubby rather than sted heads who only love protein? Unless there was another similar recent report I missed?

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AdBlock blocker biz bought

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AdBlocker?

An adblocker that lets ads through? I wonder how appealing they would find curtains that allowed "acceptable" strangers to peer into their homes when they want some privacy?

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Asus ZenPad 10 Z300C: Cheap tab, dock combo you can turn up to 11

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Re: Sorry, Asus

You mean the stuff it took all of 30 seconds to uninstall when I bought my Asus Transformer Book TP300L? First world problems.

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Slander-as-a-service: Peeple app wants people to rate and review you – whether you like it or not

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Re: Things...

"I really need the reg to introduce bullet points"

El Reg did, a while ago, but you need at least a bronze commentard badge for the HTML to work. See HERE for more details.

Note to El Reg: Can you please put anchors in the above referenced page so we can directly link to sections of it?

Yes, I realise this is OT but I'm trying to get my post count up to get my badge back (I lost it after briefly finding something called a "life")... I found the extra formatting really useful.

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: Also from the Department of Redundancy Department

I see what you did there DavCrav

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Direct from the Department of Redundancy Department

"VW will provide vehicle identification numbers to retailers in the next few days, as well as figuring out how to let owners figure if their autos are affected, before it starts contacting the owners themselves.

In the coming days the company will give the vehicle identification numbers to retailers as well as coming up with a process for owners to check if their vehicles are affected, before contacting them directly."

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Smuggle mischievous JavaScript into WinRAR archives? Sure, why not

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Re: "software download sites like CNET and Softpedia"

I've found that if you look carefully enough (and I mean very carefully) there is usually a link to directly download a file hidden somewhere amongst all the crappy in your face attempts to get you to download their "installer" first. I know I've downloaded stuff from the aforementioned sites and never ever installed the sites own "installers".

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BBC joins war against Flash, launches beta HTML5 iPlayer

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Re: What about smart TVs?

No. Your TV uses the Tizen OS, not Flash, and, more than likely, pulls an MP4 stream down over HTTP/S straight from the BBC's servers (with additional "telemetry" sent back to Samsung about your viewing habits of course).

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Re: get_iplayer

I don't think get_iplayer pretends to be an iPhone, as far as I'm aware it just tricks the BBCs servers into thinking their flash player is requesting the data. There was a very similar app that pretended to be an iPhone for the same purpose but that only downloaded SD versions of programs.

Edit: Jabuzz beat me to it by seconds! :D

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus: Harder, faster and they'll give you a buzz

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Re: FFS

Motherboard? Asus X99-A

Thunderbolt? Header on motherboard *

OSX? Err, its PC, not a Mac, so bit of a moot point.

Labour/Support? Inc. in price/Free ** (by me)

* Not that I or anyone else I know uses Thunderbolt peripherals.

** Maybe I'm lucky but NEVER had a PC need after sales support.

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Re: FFS

Okay, swap the SATA SSD for a 240Gb Kingston Hyper-X Predator PCIe SSD... which, as well as the speed gains, actually results in a £30 saving.

Thanks for the tip, but you've not really helped 45RPMs case lol

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Re: FFS

Considering the base model of the 6 Core Mac Pro comes in at £3,299 (in real money) I could purchase a PC with a 10 core Xeon E5 @3.1Ghz, 16Gb of DDR4 RAM, a 240Gb Kingston SSD and a NVIDIA Geforce GTX Titan X with 12Gb of DDR5 all for £3,280 (inc VAT).

Off course, I could always drop the specs to roughly match that of the Mac Pro (instead of matching the price) and save myself quite a bit of cash... or I could be a bit of a dickhead and spec a PC at Dell! ;) lol

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FFS

"serious 4K editing demands a high-end Mac"

Of course one could always buy a high-end PC, saving some significant cash, and do some happy 4K editing.

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iOS 9 security blooper lets you BYPASS PINs, eye up photos, contacts

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Re: Shameful

That's weird... My friends iPhone has iOS 9.0.1 on it and I've just managed to post a status to her Facebook account using this bug. Fixed it is not.

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Privacy, net neutrality, security, encryption ... Europe tells Obama, US Congress to back off

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Re: While we are at it!

*decrypt

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The S, Huawei’s new best Mate: Compact and premium – but not cheap

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Pizza

The pizza above the potato one looks delicious though!

Phone? What phone??

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

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"Both share the same neat, trademark Xperia aluminium power button"

Stopped reading after this. When did a power button become "neat" and its material become noteworthy? Have things got that bad that this is now a thing? The only comment a power button should garner is if it is well positioned, or not.

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Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

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Re: CAN you REALLY turn off those features?

Win95 that started I think. You could turn "off" the recent docs feature in the start menu but if you navigated to your user folder they were still there, being logged anyway.

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

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I don't see what the big deal is? Yes, they could have been a little bit more transparent about why they wanted the permissions in the first place, but at least they do have reasons for requiring the permissions. Unlike a gazillion other entirely pointless apps that require every permission they are capable of which morons still download just to hear fart noises!

By morons I don't mean the average El Reg reader, just the cretins who live on Facebook, think Flock Stars is good entertainment and send game request after game request for the latest "must play" PoS game! You know the type.

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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

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A classic case of trading on security through obscurity. Thanks to the dullards* that are forever posting pictures of Michael Kors watches, D&G accessories, bottles of "champagne" (that a French tramp would turn his nose up at) on a night out, and their latest car - you get the idea - the shiny is a little less obscure and the chickens are coming home to roost for Apple.

*Otherwise known as Weekend Credit-Card Kings/Queens

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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Sorry

Had to downvote your post about downvotes because, well, thats generally what happens around these parts. There's been many a time I've started to write a rant about downvotes on my posts, even on posts that contain simple undeniable facts rather than opinions, but then thought better of it. Its best just to ignore them.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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What a load of absolute bollocks! So according to your little list deaf people shouldn't really be driving?

"you can hear the motorcycle or cyclist you just ran over"

Being able to hear them once you've ran over them is a little bloody late! Correct use of mirrors and proper observations, like you should be doing anyway can prevent harming anyone that isn't doing their very best to end up under your wheels themselves.

"the person behind you trying to get your attention because your car is leaking"

Proper maintenance prevents, and regular checks alert you to, those sort of things, that and on-board sensors.

"or has a flat tire"

If you can't tell if your car has a flat tyre then there is something wrong. very wrong. Then again its understandable if you can't feel a deflated tyre in those over-sized wallowing barges you call cars.

"or hear the train coming on the train crossing you are about to cross"

I'm not sure how it works in the States (where I presume you're from given your spelling of 'tyres') but most rail crossing in the UK have some form of physical barrier and/or warning sirens and lights, or sometimes gates, which one has to get out of a vehicle to open. If anyone is dumb enough to cross an open crossing, without turning down their music and making proper observations, then they probably deserve their eventual Darwin award.

"and it's important to hear the engine to make proper gear changes on manual cars"

I don't need to hear the engine to know when to change gears, neither does anybody I know given the preponderance of manual cars over here. If you need engine noise to know when to change gear then its probably best you stick to the auto-boxes you're so fond of that side of the pond.

"the engine tells you if something is wrong when it makes an unusual noise"

Again, proper maintenance and regular checks will prevent this and unless you're driving a properly old shit-box then your car will have a whole array of sensors and warning lights/display that will alert you to the fact that something is wrong long before you "hear" it.

"isolating the driver from the machine is a bad"

Again, in practice, with regards to being able to hear "road noise", what is the difference between having loud music or being deaf? According to you being deaf would similarly be a "very bad thing" when it comes to driving.

"it requires all your senses"

Taste?

"you are not sitting on a sofa in your living room listening to your favorite music, sipping coffee and smoking a cigar like car manufacturers want you feel like when driving"

That may be how cars are advertised over there, not over here.

Your post sound more like a list of your inadequacies as an owner and driver of a "dangerous machine".

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